The Alumni Association of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has declared as inappropriate, the award of professorship to Nigeria’s Communication and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami.
This Alumni expressed this in a statement co-signed by its National Secretary Kingsley Azuaru and National President Ndubuisi Chijioke.
They said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was right in advising the institution’s management to reconsider the appointment.
“FUTO Alumni Association reaffirms her position that the professorship of Pantami was inappropriate
“FUTO Alumni Association appreciates the national body of ASUU and the local chapter for jointly condemning the appointment of Pantami as professor in FUTO.
“NEC also considered the unresolved issue of the appointment of Dr. Isa Pantami as a Professor at our alma mater and has taken note of the National ASUU position.
“The National Secretary therefore reaffirmed FUTO alumni association’s position that Pantami’s appointment was inexplicable and questionable”, the FUTO Alumni said.
They also said it was unfortunate that a group known as Alumni Elders planned to host the management of the university to a dinner where it planned to declare support for the award.
The association said the group was not recognised by the association’s constitution.
“It is deception for FUTO Alumni Elders to deceive the public that the so called Re-Union is being organised in conjunction with FUTO Alumni Association.
“FUTO Alumni Association is not involved in whatsoever manner with the scheduled dinner by the group called FUTO Alumni Elders.
“NEC considers the use of the association’s name in the promotion of this event without its consent a grievous infringement and subversive of the alumni leadership,” it said.
It said National Executive Council (NEC) of the alumni had not committed any funds or authorised the university to avail or expend any fund on the event from the alumni funds.
“In conclusion on the subject issue, NEC wishes to dissociate FUTO Alumni Association and her members from this event
“And all Chapter executives have been mandated to communicate this position immediately to their members,” it said.
The national leadership of ASUU has advised FUTO management to reverse the award on the ground that it is inappropriate.
However, FUTO management insists that the award followed due process.